Monday, June 29, 2009

McDonalds scam

I do not expect any readers of this blog will be silly enough to fall for this .... but, I just received the following e-mail.

Dear McDonald's Customer,

We are planning big changes for 2009 at McDonald's Australia chain of restaurants and because your opinion is very important to us, we invite you to take a short Customer Satisfaction Survey that will help us improve the quality of our food and services.

We know your time is valuable, so we will give you a $50 bonus just for taking our quick 7 question survey. The entire process will take no more than 5 minutes.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to take the survey.

You can participate in this survey only once.

It takes you to a very authentic looking site. The give away is the spelling mistakes. But if you can't spell, a widespread affliction as indicated by the comments people make on the net, you might not notice. After filling out a survey it then asks for your credit card details in order to pay you the bonus.

I was going to let McDonalds know but they are on to it.

It has been brought to our attention that a fraudulent email relating to a customer satisfaction survey has been circulated claiming to be from McDonald's New Zealand. This email was not sent by McDonalds New Zealand.

The survey requests amongst other things, credit card details, citing that participants will be credited with a $50.00 voucher. Please be aware that McDonald’s NZ only use reputable research companies and would never request bank or credit card details. Hoax emails come from known and unknown sources and email addresses in most cases can be 'spoofed' (term for a spam email whereby spammers make the email appear from someone other than the actual sender).

Please disregard and delete this email if you happen to receive it.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

"Please disregard and delete this email if you happen to receive it. "

It seems McDonalds' staff too, are illiterate.

Rykel™ said...

Hi Adolf,

hehehe yeah you are right... dwindling literacy seems to be reaching pandemic levels. ;)